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Health beliefs and promotion of HIV-preventive intentions among teenagers: a Scottish perspective.


Health Psychol. 1992;11(6):363-70. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Beliefs concerning the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and preventive behaviors were examined in a sample of 351 sexually active Scottish teenagers. A postal questionnaire, including measures of variables specified by the health belief model (HBM) and preventive intentions, was employed. The relation between HBM measures and reported endorsement of HIV-preventive intentions was investigated. Results indicated that, in general, respondents intended to use condoms with new sexual partners. The majority also intended to carry condoms if they thought they might have sex with a new partner and to ask potential partners about their previous sexual history. Multiple-regression analyses showed that measures of health beliefs, gender, age, sexual experience, and previous condom use accounted for 17.8% to 24.3% of the variance in reported preventive intentions. Perceived barriers to preventive behaviors were found to be important predictors. However, the overall pattern of results raised questions concerning the adequacy of the HBM as a model of the determinants of HIV-preventive intentions, and the need for an extended model is discussed. Separate analyses were conducted for men and women and for 16- and 18-year-olds, and the implications for modeling intention formation in these subgroups are considered. The relevance of these findings to HIV-preventive campaigns is also discussed.

Adolescence *Attitude to Health Cohort Studies Condoms Female Health Behavior Health Education/METHODS Health Promotion/*METHODS Human HIV Infections/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/PSYCHOLOGY/TRANSMISSION *Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Male Scotland Sex Behavior Support, Non-U.S. Gov't JOURNAL ARTICLE


Information in this article was accurate in May 30, 1993. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.